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Mitt Romney … Really? Again?

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HAVE “REPUBLICANS” LEARNED NOTHING?

|| By FITSNEWS ||  Well, well.  The left-leaning “Republican” billed by the liberal press as the party’s most “electable” presidential candidate is back … despite the whole “electability” thing not panning out as predicted.

Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney – the crony capitalist/ welfare statist/ global interventionist/ socialized medicine supporter whose ideology is eerily similar to that of U.S. president Barack Obama – appears interested in mounting another bid for president in 2016.

Romney lost the 2008 primary to John McCain, and then lost the 2012 general election to Obama.

How come?  Well in addition to his fiscally liberal ideology, Romney simply wasn’t (isn’t) trustworthy.

“When Romney does take a position, there’s no guarantee he’ll keep it,” we wrote in October 2012.

That trend is continuing …

Romney said on numerous previous occasions that he was not interested in running for president in 2016.  In fact a year ago – when polls showed him leading the GOP field in early voting New Hampshire – Romney categorically ruled out a 2016 run.

“Oh no, no, no. No, no, no, no, no. No, no, no,” he said at the time.

For those of you keeping score at home, that was eleven “no’s.”

Now?

“I want to be president,” Romney told a group of political donors in New York on Friday, according to The Washington Post.

“Everybody in here can go tell your friends that I’m considering a run,” he added, according to Politico.

Meanwhile one of Romney’s top donors told the Post the former candidate had gone from “preserving (his) options” to “seriously considering a run.”

Unreal …

Are GOP voters really this stupid?  Wait … don’t answer that.

According to an expansive piece published by BuzzFeed‘s McKay Coppins, Romney’s flip-flop stems from concerns over “Jeb Bush’s electability.”

JEB BUSH

JEB BUSH

“Look, Jeb’s a good guy,” a Romney advisor told Coppins. “I think the governor likes Jeb.  But Jeb is Common Core, Jeb is immigration, Jeb has been talking about raising taxes recently.  Can you imagine Jeb trying to get through a Republican primary?  Can you imagine what Ted Cruz is going to do to Jeb Bush?  I mean, that’s going to be ugly.”

The former Florida governor –  whose father and brother were unmitigated disasters in the Oval Office – is the current GOP frontrunner and the top choice of the “Republican” establishment.

But Romney’s advisor is right … Bush’s “centrist” candidacy is going to be savaged by pro-liberty, pro-free market voices (including our voice) during the primary process.  And even if he does manage to win the nomination, polls show he would fare much worse than other “Republicans” against likely Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

But Romney would be savaged, too … and rightfully so.

“As we meticulously documented and repeatedly proclaimed during the last presidential election, (Romney) is everything the GOP should be eschewing … not embracing,” we wrote last April.

And it’s costing the party …

“By nominating candidates who have no allegiance (or limited allegiance) to the pro-freedom, pro-free market ideologies the GOP is supposed to stand for, ‘Republicans’ alienate voters who place a premium on those ideologies,” we added.

Romney?  His socialized medicine plan cost Massachusetts thousands of jobs and raised health care costs – which is exactly what we’re seeing with the socialized medicine plan of the guy who beat him two years ago.

Immigration?  Romney has been all over the map on this issue … making his criticism of Bush’s views laughable.

Abortion?  Again … shake up the “Etch-A-Sketch.”  Name the position and Romney’s taken it – abandoned it – and then taken it again.

Meanwhile his foreign policy ideas are even worse than his domestic views … although at least he’s been consistent in his misguided “neoconservative” warmongering.

Bottom line?  A Romney reboot in 2016 would only exacerbate the existing fractures within the GOP … which is coming apart at the seams due to the fiscal betrayals of its “establishment” leaders (Romney, Bush and Chris Christie, to name a few) and the social sanctimoniousness of its “evangelical” leaders (most notable Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum).

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